Subsistence Claims (Hansard, 18 November 1987)
HC Deb 18 November 1987 vol 122 cc578-9W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons he has failed to discipline staff in his Department who have been found to have falsified travel and subsistence claims.

Mr. Sainsbury

It is departmental policy to discipline staff who are found guilty by criminal conviction or internal procedure of falsifying travel and subsistence claims. However, if the information available is judged to be insufficient to sustain criminal charges, in some cases it is likely that disciplinary action will not be pursued.

Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why his Department's police have not prosecuted staff in his Department who have been found to have falsified travel and subsistence claims.

Mr. Sainsbury

Because in England and Wales the decision whether or not to prosecute in such cases is the responsibility of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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